HIGH POINT, N.C. (April 27, 2022) – There may not be a pair of drivers more ready to get back to work than the Silver Hare Racing duo of Connor Zilisch and Lawless Alan, who with their twin TA2-class racing machines head to Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway for Sunday’s Mission Foods Sonoma SpeedTour, round five of the 2022 Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.
A pair of strong performances in last Sunday’s race just 150 miles down the California coast at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey left Zilisch, Alan and the rest of the Silver Hare camp looking ahead to this weekend’s race as soon as the checkered flag waved.
Zilisch, the 15-year-old rising star, overcame a first-lap incident and several late-race restarts at Laguna Seca to lock down a fifth-place finish, best in the first four outings of his rookie season. Alan, the 22-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular who’s taking advantage of back-to-back off weekends in that series to hone his road-racing skills, appeared headed for an eighth-place finish at Laguna Seca before being shoved off the track in the closing laps. He held on to cross the finish line 12th and was subsequently scored 11th after a post-race penalty was assessed to a competitor ahead of him.
For the second weekend in a row and the third time in five races this season, Zilisch, driver of the No. 57 Silver Hare Racing/KHI Management Chevrolet Camaro, will get his first in-person look at the 2.52-mile, 11-turn road course configuration at Sonoma when he reports for duty this weekend. But like he did in March on his hometown Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval, and again last weekend at Laguna Seca, Zilisch has been uncanny in his ability to get up to speed on new circuits very quickly. The 10th grader from Mooresville, North Carolina, has been showing that ability since his very first Trans Am race weekend at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, where he became the youngest pole-winner in series history with a lap of 1:48.905. At Charlotte, Zilisch laid down the fastest practice and qualifying laps, as well as the fastest lap of the race.
Alan, a native of Van Nuys, California, is looking to build upon his solid competitive debut in Silver Hare equipment last weekend at Laguna Seca. The driver of the No. 25 AUTOParkIt racing machine does have previous racing experience at Sonoma, which came during back-to-back weekends in June 2019. The first came in a TA2 car with the Trans Am West Coast Championship tour, the second in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West stock car. Laguna Seca was Alan’s first Trans Am event since he drove the full 2019 season with Mike Cope Race Cars and earned TA2 Rookie of the Year honors with his fifth-place finish in the final driver standings behind nine top-10s in 13 races. He hopes the experience he gains this weekend at Sonoma will help pay dividends when he returns to the track in June with the Truck Series.
Silver Hare Racing leverages its Trans Am effort to promote its arrive-and-drive program, where aspiring racers and even tenured professionals hone their road-racing skills on some of the most revered tracks in North America. NASCAR Cup Series drivers Daniel Suárez, William Byron, Harrison Burton and Christopher Bell have all wheeled Silver Hare Racing-prepared cars to burnish their road-racing abilities. In addition to top-flight equipment, Silver Hare Racing offers professional driver coaching.
The team offers six, professionally built and maintained TA2 chassis from Howe Racing for both competition and private testing. Silver Hare Racing has a dedicated, fulltime crew and operates out of a state-of-the-art facility in High Point, North Carolina. At the track, two 53-foot Featherlite transporters serve as the team’s base, each outfitted with a lounge and smart TVs for data and video review, as well as for hospitality.
“With NASCAR having so many more road-course races, it’s our goal for Silver Hare Racing to be the preferred team for drivers to get that road-course experience,” said Laura Hull, team manager, Silver Hare Racing. “We want to be that important step in the ladder for the young, up-and-coming drivers like Connor, which we’re doing in collaboration with Kevin Harvick Incorporated.
“It started when they brought him to us for testing at VIR a year ago, and now we’re delighted to have him under contract. That’s how we’re trying to position this. We want people to know we have an arrive-and-drive program, where people who want to run this track or another, we provide the opportunity for them to do that and be successful.”
|About Silver Hare Racing:|
Silver Hare Racing is a fulltime competitor in the TA2 division of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli. The multicar team has won the TA2 Masters class championship three times (2018, 2019 and 2020) with driver and team co-owner Maurice Hull. Under the leadership of Hull’s wife, co-owner and team manager Laura Hull, Silver Hare Racing provides a variety of services that includes private testing and arrive-and-drive programs. The team offers six, professionally built and maintained TA2 chassis from Howe Racing and operates from a state-of-the-art facility in High Point, North Carolina. For more information, please visit SilverHareRacing.com.